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The Flaming Lips to Perform at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

March 22, 2011

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas announces a performance by alternative rock band The Flaming Lips at The Boulevard Pool on Friday, June 17. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Tickets to The Flaming Lips will go on sale Friday, March 25 at 10 a.m. PST and are available online at or by phone at 702.698.7778 or toll-free 877.551.7778. General Admission tickets are $40.00 and VIP tickets are $50.00, inclusive of taxes and service charges. A limited number of premium cabanas are also available by calling 877.551.7776. Guests must be 18+ to attend and 21+ to reserve a cabana.

The Flaming Lips formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, but their first brush with fame didn’t come until 11 years later, when the quirky tune “She Don’t Use Jelly” broke into the mainstream a year after the release of the album, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart. Unique sonic experiments with equally avant garde song titles have made The Flaming Lips the world's most predictably unpredictable band.

All Music Guide's description of the group as “acid bubblegum” is as good a label as any to try to explain the dancing-about-architecture nature of Wayne Coyne and bandmates, including co-founding bassist/keyboardist Michael Ivins, multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd, who joined in 1993, and drummer/percussionist Kliph Scurlock, a member since 1999. Showman Coyne handles reedy vocals, guitar, keyboards, assorted other instruments and weird theatrics, such as floating in a bubble over the crowd, filling the stage with animal- or Teletubbie-costumed characters and various forms of provocative behavior. His bent for weirdness extends to bizarre song and album titles like “Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles” and “Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber).” Their bent for brilliance extends to albums like The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and turning a lyric like “Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?” into a song that sounds like a joyous affirmation of life (“Do You Realize?”). With The Flaming Lips, you never can tell what they’ll think of next.

This exhilarating live entertainment experience is just the latest entertainment offering from The Cosmopolitan. Throughout the year, The Boulevard Pool will set the stage for Las Vegas’ most unique live concerts. Perched high above The Las Vegas Strip, The Boulevard Pool is a multilevel pool experience by day and an intimate outdoor concert venue with unobstructed sightlines of both the stage and The Strip by night. For more information please call 702-698-7000.

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